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Module

CEG1702 : Geographic Information Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Philip James
  • Lecturer: Dr Alistair Ford
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems.
To understand the fundamental concepts of a GIS and its uses and applications.
To gain hands-on experience of using a GIS to solve real-world problems.

This module introduces students to Geographical Information Systems and associated data types and formats. GIS uses a wide range of data to analyse data spatially and produce stunning visual outputs. Using GIS we can analyse data to look for spatial correlations and patterns and link data that shares a spatial location.

Outline Of Syllabus

What is GIS: Who uses it, why they use it, what you can do. What is different about spatial?
Data models for Spatial data: Discrete vs continuous field mapping;
Thematic Mapping: types of thematic maps, uses of thematic maps, classification models for thematic maps;
Continuous data: Sampling and interpolation, DTMs, heights and volumes;
Vector Data Attributes and databases: Data management and attribute data;
Data formats and data providers: standards, common formats, data providers (formal and informal);
Processing and modelling in GIS; Network analysis;
GIS interfaces: CAD/BIM;
Web mapping and Location based services;
Visualisation, design and output from GIS.

Practicals
Getting to know GIS. Basic map layouts, data loading, navigation, basic thematic maps.
Geodatabases and editing within GIS. Managing data in GIS.
Thematic mapping. Comparison of classification types. Mapping quantitative data (e.g. census).
Raster analysis: Multi criteria Evaluation for site selection (slope, soil, geology, proximity etc.).
Using 3D data – calculating lines of sight using GIS.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable